abstract expressionism

noun, often capitalized A&E

Definition of abstract expressionism

: an artistic movement of the mid-20th century comprising diverse styles and techniques and emphasizing especially an artist's liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through nontraditional and usually nonrepresentational means

Other Words from abstract expressionism

abstract expressionist noun or adjective, often capitalized A&E

Examples of abstract expressionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Works from the museum’s collection that test the boundaries between 1950s-60s abstract expressionism and figurative painting are on view May 13 through Aug. 22. Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The Second World War had irrevocably changed the American art world, fomenting the form-meets-function of modern design and the abstract expressionism of painters like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 So often, abstract expressionism is treated as deadly serious: angry young men attacking their canvases and slaying art shibboleths in the process. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 Unlike American novelist Tom Wolfe’s claim in The Painted Word that abstract expressionism only makes sense with copious accompanying explanations, Schloss attests to its ability to move viewers even when the subject matter is unclear. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 The free-flowing compositions of abstract expressionism now represent a planet that’s burning and melting. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 Her experimentation seemed of a piece with abstract expressionism, the artistic movement that took root in the mid-20th century. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 When a whole new art world erupted in New York in the 1950s and abstract expressionism took the global stage, Neel was passed over. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021 The biography concludes in 1960, as pop art and minimalism pushed abstract expressionism into the history books. Carol Strickland, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of abstract expressionism

1922, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Abstract expressionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstract%20expressionism. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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